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Get a Business Certificate




12 Weeks

Human Resources Management Specialist

Program Overview

Business Certificate Course Online

Starting April 08, 2024

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Get a Business Certificate

Thousands of new businesses are born every day. Only a rare few will become the next Apple, Google, or Amazon, while many others will never see their first anniversary. If you have ever wondered why some businesses fail while others succeed, you will find answers in this course. 

With information from classic business studies and current examples from a range of industries across the globe, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the world of business, discover emerging business trends, and learn important principles for business success.

What Happens in the Business Certificate Course

The Business Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook. This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Business Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 8 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 16 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Business Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 8 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Business Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Business Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).

Understanding Economic Systems and Business

  • The Nature of Business

  • Understanding the Business Environment

  • How Business and Economics Work

  • Macroeconomics: The Big Picture

  • Microeconomics: Zeroing in on Businesses and Consumers

  • Competing in a Free Market

  • Trends in the Business Environment and Competition

Competing in the Global Marketplace

  • Barriers to Trade

  • International Economic Communities

  • Participating in the Global Marketplace

  • Threats and Opportunities in the Global Marketplace

  • The Impact of Multinational Corporations

  • Trends in Global Competition

Management and Leadership in Today’s Organizations

  • The Role of Management

  • Planning

  • Organizing

  • Leading, Guiding, and Motivating Others

  • Controlling

  • Managerial Roles and Skills

  • Trends in Management and Leadership

Achieving World-Class Operations Management

  • Production and Operations Management-An Overview

  • The Production Process: How Do We Make It?

  • Location, Location, Location: Where Do We Make It?

  • Pulling It Together: Resource Planning

  • Production and Operations Control

  • Looking for a Better Way: Improving Production and Operations

  • Transforming the Factory Floor with Technology

  • Trends in Production and Operations Management

Creating Products and Pricing Strategies to Meet Customers’ Needs

  • The Marketing Concept

  • Creating a Marketing Strategy

  • Developing a Marketing Mix

  • Buyer Behavior

  • Market Segmentation

  • Creating Products That Deliver Value

  • The Product Life Cycle

  • Pricing Strategies and Future Trends

  • Trends in Developing Products and Pricing

Distributing and Promoting Products and Services

  • The Nature and Functions of Distribution

  • Wholesaling

  • The Competitive World of Retailing

  • Using Supply Chain Management

  • Increasing Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

  • The Huge Impact of Advertising

  • Sales Promotion

  • Public Relations Helps Build Goodwill

  • Trends in Social Media and E-Commerce

Using Technology to Manage Information

  • Transforming Businesses through Information

  • Linking Up: Computer Networks

  • Management Information Systems

  • Technology Management and Planning

  • Protecting Computers and Information

  • Trends in Information Technology

Using Financial Information and Accounting

  • Accounting: More than Numbers

  • Basic Accounting Procedures

  • The Balance Sheet

  • The Income Statement

  • The Statement of Cash Flows

  • Analyzing Financial Statements

  • Trends in Accounting

Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations

  • Achieving High Performance Through Human Resources Management

  • Employee Recruitment and Selection

  • Employee Training and Development

  • Performance Planning and Evaluation

  • Employee Compensation and Benefits

  • The Labor Relations Process

  • Managing Grievances and Conflicts

  • Trends in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations

Motivating Employees

  • Early Theories of Motivation

  • The Hawthorne Studies

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • McGregor’s Theories X and Y

  • Herzberg’s Motivator-Hygiene Theory

  • Contemporary Views on Motivation

  • Trends in Employee Motivation

Understanding Money and Financial Institutions

  • Show Me the Money

  • The Federal Reserve System

  • U.S. Financial Institutions

  • Insuring Bank Deposits

  • International Banking

  • Trends in Financial Institutions

Understanding Financial Management and Securities Markets

  • The Role of Finance and the Financial Manager

  • How Organizations Use Funds

  • Obtaining Short-Term Financing

  • Raising Long-Term Financing

  • Equity Financing

  • Buying and Selling at Securities Exchanges

  • Trends in Financial Management and Securities Markets

Designing Organizational Structures

  • Building Organizational Structures

  • Using Teams to Enhance Motivation and Performance

  • Authority-Establishing Organizational Relationships

  • Degree of Centralization

  • Organizational Design Considerations

  • The Informal Organization

  • Trends in Organizational Structure

Making Ethical Decisions and Managing a Socially Responsible Business

  • Understanding Business Ethics

  • How Organizations Influence Ethical Conduct

  • Managing a Socially Responsible Business

  • Responsibilities to Stakeholders

  • Trends in Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Forms of Business Ownership

  • Going It Alone: Sole Proprietorships

  • Partnerships: Sharing the Load

  • Corporations: Limiting Your Liability

  • Specialized Forms of Business Organization

  • Franchising: A Popular Trend

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Trends in Business Ownership

Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business

  • Entrepreneurship Today

  • Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

  • Small Business: Driving America’s Growth

  • Ready, Set, Start Your Own Business

  • Managing a Small Business

  • Small Business, Large Impact

  • Trends in Entrepreneurship and Small-Business Ownership

Understanding the Legal and Tax Environment

What Is Included in the Business Consultant Certificate Package

This all-inclusive Business Consultant Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Business Consultant Certificate Course

  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice

  • Invitation to become a membership of the United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy

  • Downloadable Business Consultant Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print

  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificate  printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy.

  • Student Portal to allow you manage the Access online course, your, and pay your tuition.

  • Usild Student ID number

  • Usild Student ID Card

  • Textbook: USILD Guide to Become a Business Consultant (e-book edition)


Register today for the Business Consultant Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Business Consultant Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

Program Director

Brad Grecco
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